With the generous support of the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation, Bishop Museum Press has reprinted Lā‘au Hawai‘i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants in celebration of the 100th birthday of the author, Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott (1919–2010). The preeminent Hawaiian ethnobotanist assembled this comprehensive collection of chapters on the traditional Hawaiian uses of plants. A wide variety of subjects are gathered together in a single volume: food, clothing, cordage, shelter, canoes, tools, housewares, medicines, religious objects, weaponry, personal adornment, and recreation. There is a chapter dedicated to the staple crops, kalo and ‘uala. There is a chapter on hula and music. There is a chapter titled “Food Plants from Aquatic Sources,” on limu, Dr. Abbott’s area of expertise. As a multifaceted reference, Lā‘au Hawai‘i is a great tool to anyone interested in Hawaiian plants and culture.
Keywords: Laau Hawaii, Abbott, Plants, Traditional Medicine